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Chinese rice grain porcelain spoon. Painted underglaze in blue and overglaze in red.   Body of spoon was pierced with the rice grain (Linglung) pattern, which then filled with the glaze when fired.  Cross section of paste shows the greenish glaze filling the piercings.  Although first used much earlier, this type of decoration was revived in the mid-19th century (Nilsson 2016a) and pieces found archaeologically in North America almost certainly date to this period or later.Chinese rice grain porcelain spoon. Painted underglaze in blue and overglaze in red.   Body of spoon was pierced with the rice grain (Linglung) pattern, which then filled with the glaze when fired.  Cross section of paste shows the greenish glaze filling the piercings.  Although first used much earlier, this type of decoration was revived in the mid-19th century (Nilsson 2016a) and pieces found archaeologically in North America almost certainly date to this period or later. Chinese rice grain porcelain spoon. Painted underglaze in blue and overglaze in red.   Body of spoon was pierced with the rice grain (Linglung) pattern, which then filled with the glaze when fired.  Cross section of paste shows the greenish glaze filling the piercings.  Although first used much earlier, this type of decoration was revived in the mid-19th century (Nilsson 2016a) and pieces found archaeologically in North America almost certainly date to this period or later.

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